In pursuance of its objects, the FIFS has established the office of Ombudsman and Ethics Officer (“Ombudsman”) to protect the interests of its Members and their users and the Industry through oversight of integrity, governance and systems. The FIFS Ombudsman office is established to receive, consider, investigate, or adjudicate any complaints, disputes or issues that are related to the matters covered under the Terms of Reference. The FIFS Ombudsman has the power to exercise all powers and discretions conferred on him/her by FIFS By-Laws and to carry out all responsibilities attributed to him/her under the By-Laws. He is charged with representing the interests of the public by investigating and addressing complaints of mal-administration or a violation of rights. The FIFS Ombudsman is Justice Arjan Kumar Sikri (Retd) appointed by the Governing Council of FIFS .
Justice Arjan Kumar Sikri (Retd.) | Ombudsman
Justice Arjan Kumar Sikri is an eminent jurist and a former Judge of the Supreme Court of India. Justice Sikri’s remarkable tenure of around 6 years ends as a Supreme Court Judge in March 2019. Prior to that, he served as the Chief Justice of the Punjab and Haryana High Court.
With an excellent academic record, he stood third in the merit list in Higher Secondary from CBSE, Delhi, following which he completed his B.Com (Hons.) from Shriram College of Commerce, Delhi University in the year 1974 and LL.B. from Law Faculty, Delhi University in the year 1977. He was awarded the Gold Medal for attaining first position in LL.B. Has been conferred Doctorate of Laws, Honoris Causa, by Dr Ram Manohar Lohiya National Law University, Lucknow, in November 2013.
Justice Sikri was appointed as a Judge of the High Court of Delhi in July 1999 and has also served as the Acting Chief Justice of the Delhi High Court from 10 October 2011 before being elevated as the Chief Justice of Punjab and Haryana High Court on September 2012. In 2013 he was elevated to the Supreme Court of India.
As a Judge of the Supreme Court of India, Justice Sikri has been a part of more than 900 judgments from which several turned out to be landmark ones. Sikri was chosen as one of the 50 most influential persons in Intellectual Property in the world in a survey conducted by Managing Intellectual Property Association (MIPA) for 2007.